File photo. Photograph:( Zee News Network )
A Doordarshan cameraman has been killed in a Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh's Bastar. The attack took place in Aranpur in Dantewada district.
The cameraman was identified as Achutyanand Sahu.
Two security personnel were also killed in the attack, and two injured.
"Today our patrolling party was ambushed by Naxals in Aranpur. Two of our personnel were martyred, and a DD cameraman was also injured and later succumbed. Two more personnel injured," DIG P Sundarraj said.
Today our patrolling party was ambushed by Naxals in Aranpur. Two of our personnel were martyred, and a DD cameraman was also injured and later succumbed. Two more personnel injured: DIG P Sundarraj #Chhattisgarh pic.twitter.com/ZgZMF6xdRJ— ANI (@ANI) October 30, 2018
While a number of security personnel have fallen to Naxal attacks over the years, the insurgents are generally not known to attack journalists.
Chhattisgarh however will be going to the polls in November of this year. The Doordarshan crew were in the state to report on the upcoming elections. It is likely that they were accompanying the police patrol party.
The government meanwhile said they would "look after" Sahu's family, and that they salute "those mediapersons who go for coverage in such dangerous situations".
(This is a developing story. Further details are awaited.)